Mart report: Strong demand for heavier store animals

In this article, we bring you a round up of some of the mart reports from sales that took place across the country last week.

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The trade has seen continued demand from buyers for heavier, quality store animals, with many marts reporting that forward steers and heifers are trading well.

Raphoe Mart

A clearance rate of 92% was recorded from a total of 267 cattle entered for sale (Thursday, October 15) at Raphoe Mart.

Commenting on the trade, mart manager Ann Harkin said: “The trade has improved on last week with plenty of demand and competition around the ring.”

Bulls sold from €1.70/kg to €2.20/kg. Bullocks for sale on the day traded from €1.80/kg to €2.50/kg. The heifer trade saw a similar range in prices – from €1.80/kg to €2.50/kg.

Ann explained: “Quality in-spec cattle are in demand amongst buyers.”

She added: “The cow trade was very good, with northern buyers helping to boost the trade alongside local farmers.”

Finishing cows sold for €880/head to €1,740/head.

Sample prices: 

  • Bulls: >600kg – €500 to €585 over their weight;
  • Beef bullocks: >600kg – €600 to €750 over their weight;
  • Store bullocks: 400-600kg – €300 to €715 over their weight;
  • Beef heifers: >500kg – €480 to €670 over their weight;
  • Store heifers: <500kg – €300 to €640 over their weight.

Kilkenny Mart

Kilkenny mart (Thursday, October 15) saw a large number of entries with a total of 1,150 cattle offered for sale.

Reflecting on demand, mart auctioneer George Candler explained: “The major demand was for the more forward store continental bullocks and beef types.”

Turning his thoughts to the steer trade, Friesian bullocks ranged from €1.45/kg to €1.80/kg. Angus bullocks saw a range of €1.70/kg to €2.15/kg. Heavier steers commanded prices from €1.80/kg to €2.40/kg.

Sample forward steer prices:

  • Limousin: 755kg – €1,650 or €2.19/kg;
  • Charolais: 725kg – €1,670 or €2.30/kg;
  • Angus: 690kg – €1,420 or €2.06/kg;
  • Limousin: 630kg – €1,500 or €2.38/kg.

Forward store bullocks met a trade ranging from €1.70/kg to €2.40/kg.

Sample forward store prices:

  • Angus: 565kg – €1,210 or €2.14/kg;
  • Hereford: 555kg – €1,010 or €1.82/kg;
  • Piedmontese: 520kg – €1,250 or €2.40/kg;
  • Friesian: 510kg – €870 or €1.71/kg.

Lighter store bullocks saw a trade that ranged from €1.65/kg to €2.55/kg for steers (with weights from 400kg to 500kg). Store bullocks weighing below 400kg ranged from €1.70/kg to €2.40/kg.

Sample lighter store steer prices:

  • Angus: 490kg – €1,050 or €2.14/kg;
  • Charolais: 470kg – €1,190 or €2.53/kg;
  • Friesian: 485kg – €820 or €1.69/kg;
  • Hereford: 470kg – €860 or €1.83/kg;
  • Hereford: 395kg – €680 or €1.72/kg;
  • Charolais: 385kg – €860 or €2.23/kg;
  • Angus: 375kg – €765 or €2.04/kg;
  • Limousin: 315kg – €750 or €2.38/kg.

Commenting on the heifer trade, George noted that “plain heifers were more difficult to sell, except for top-quality continental [animals] with good confirmation”.

He added: “Buyers were more selective this week, compared to other weeks.”

Forward heifers, close to their finishing period, achieved a price range of €1.70/kg to €2.35/kg.

Sample forward heifer prices:

  • Angus: 750kg – €1,460 or €1.95/kg;
  • Limousin: 630kg – €1,260 or €2.00/kg;
  • Charolais: 625kg – €1,370 or €2.19/kg;
  • Limousin: 585kg – €1,350 or €2.31/kg.

The heifer trade also saw more forward store types reach a price range of €1.70/kg to €2.30/kg. Lighter stores achieved prices from €1.70/kg to €2.75/kg.

Sample forward store heifer prices:

  • Angus: 525kg – €1,060 or €2.02/kg;
  • Belgian Blue: 495kg – €1,100 or €2.22/kg;
  • Charolais: 485kg – €1,050 or €2.16/kg;
  • Hereford: 470kg – €800 or €1.70/kg.

Sample lighter store heifer prices:

  • Belgian Blue: 385kg – €1,050 or €2.73/kg;
  • Angus: 380kg – €730 or €1.92/kg;
  • Charolais: 365kg – €850 or €2.33/kg;
  • Limousin: 325kg – €710 or €2.18/kg.

Cull cows “remained a steady trade” according to George, with continental types achieving €1.20/kg to €2.05/kg. Friesian cull cows made €0.85/kg to €1.65/kg.

Castlerea Mart

Castlerea Mart held its weekly steer sale on Monday, October 12. Brendan Egan, mart manager, said: “There were increased numbers presented for sale this week.”

Commenting on the trade for bullocks, Brendan noted: “Quality stores were in good demand, while lesser quality animals were a little easier – but overall a good clearance took place.”

Sample continental steer prices:

  • Limousin: 470kg – €1,220 or €2.59/kg;
  • Charolais: 485kg – €1,300 or €2.68/kg;
  • Charolais: 500kg – €1,340 or €2.68/kg;
  • Charolais: 525kg – €1,320 or €2.51/kg;
  • Limousin: 535kg – €1,280 or €2.39/kg;
  • Limousin: 565kg – €1,300 or €2.30/kg;
  • Charolais: 590kg – €1,340 or €2.27/kg;
  • Charolais: 665kg – €1,470 or €2.21/kg;
  • Simmental: 695kg – €1,570 or €2.25/kg.

On Thursday, October 15, the mart held its weekly cattle sale, with “high numbers of stock” presented for auction. Brendan commented on this sale, saying: “Trade for quality stock is holding well, but plainer type stock are tending to be harder sold this week.”

The sale included cows with calves at foot, which made from €820/head to €1,510/head.

Sample continental heifer prices: 

  • Charolais: 410kg – €1,080 or €2.63/kg;
  • Limousin: 415kg – €1,050 or €2.53/kg;
  • Charolais: 420kg – €1,040 or €2.47/kg;
  • Charolais: 440kg – €1,130 or €2.56/kg;
  • Limousin: 565kg – €1,280 or €2.26/kg;
  • Limousin: 610kg – €1,300 or €2.13/kg;
  • Charolais: 630kg – €1,320 or €2.09/kg.

Sample continental weaning bull prices:

  • Charolais: 245kg – €1,110 or €4.53/kg;
  • Limousin: 260kg – €1,010 or €3.88/kg;
  • Charolais: 280kg – €900 or €3.21/kg;
  • Charolais: 280kg – €850 or €3.03/kg;
  • Charolais: 435kg – €1,100 or 2.52/kg;
  • Limousin: 560kg – €1,290 or €2.30/kg.

Sample continental weaning heifer prices:

  • Charolais: 265kg – €810 or €3.05/kg;
  • Charolais: 270kg – €780 or €2.88/kg;
  • Limousin: 285kg – €920 or €3.22/kg;
  • Charolais: 315kg – €950 or €3.01/kg;
  • Charolais: 320kg – €900 or €2.81/kg;
  • Limousin: 335kg – €1,080 or €3.22/kg.

According to Brendan: “The dry cow trade remained similar to last week’s sale.”

Sample dry cow prices:

  • Angus: 1,010kg – €1,830 or €1.81/kg;
  • Limousin: 980kg – €1,670 or €1.70/kg;
  • Charolais: 915kg – €1,660 or €1.81/kg;
  • Friesian: 780kg – €1,130 or €1.44/kg;
  • Charolais: 770kg – €1,160 or €1.50/kg;
  • Limousin: 645kg – €990 or €1.53/kg.